Let’s get real and practical just for a minute…

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Mwaba Mutale

Mwaba Mutale

By Mwaba Mutale

 

I remember when I left the seminary, I went to see a certain shrewd Kafue businessman for assistance and mentorship. Found the man in a short, working with dirt on his cloth, looked nothing like a richman I had been hearing about…

 

So we had lunch at his house, then we sat down and He told me words I will never forget..he said, “Ba Mwaba, you are now in the real world, forget ifyo ifya bu father and the free luxurious life you were used to in the Priesthood. Kuno mune waisa yalizanda. This world operates on certain rules and principles and not until you learn to master those rules will you ever taste victory. I can’t give you money because you will blow it, you not ready to handle cash. but I will empower you with tools of the mind to succeed. For now as a start get a driver’s licence and a passport. You will need these two items, maybe not now but maybe in future…” I felt I didn’t get any help and was disappointed, but I complied and got both items as requested..

 

Unfortunately before he could mentor me more, he died in a car accident…

 

Later on, 5 years down the line after he spoke those words to me,  I joined zoona as the company Project lead. Two months after starting work, I was sent to Southern Province as provincial sells lead executive. I was given a car. However the company policy required that one to hold such a position and have a personal to holder car must have had a clean drivers license for more than two years. And I automatically passed…

 

From there on, I started going as far as Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia on a weekly basis. Not only did the drivers license work, but the passport worked too..

 

I had stayed 5 years without using these two documents thought they useless..

 

In today’s world, there are certain things that are indispensable. Just like I was advised many years ago, I advise somebody reading this, even if you don’t have a car, get a driver’s licence, get a passport, have these tools ready. You never know when your luck Wil shine on you…

 

However I add two more to the list: Get a company registered with PACRA and get a tax clearance and a separate T.PIN for the company…

 

Whether you are a civil servant, whether you are a young man or lady in college or even not working at all, you need to have these. You never know one day you may have a side contract kicked to you by a former school friend or relative or you may tender and win fair and square…somethings that happen in life bantu bandi, only God knows…better be ready at all times

 

So a passport, drivers licence, company registration, Tpin and tax clearance…muntu wandi at all times these should be at hand….

 

Ichalo nachi kaba bantu bandi, we need young men and women who can think at another level and be ready to grab opportunities whenever one is presented. Don’t be part of the “if only I had known generation, nganalishibe”….

 

If a pity that right now the trending story on the streets everywhere is the Zambia Army, police, OP, Zaf and ZNS plus teacher recruitment. We are a generation that is conditioned to think that is the only way to make it…

 

Actually in reality, formal employment does not guarantee financial freedom and independence. To some extent it’s slavery. Entrepreneurship, being your own boss is the ultimate road to total liberation!!!

 

How sad for my poor nation, we are talking of creating 500, 000 Jobs while government only employs 500 (children of bosses) surely with such ideas how shall we grow or attain any sustainable development?

 

Remember through your history that At one time the world was split into two parts (specially after world war two). We had the Easter block, led by communist Russia (then called USSR) and the western Block of Capitalists led by the  Americans. What essentially this was, was just  a war of ideologies (ideas) and philosophies…

 

This world is run on ideas….

 

Bantu bandi every society is shaped by its ideas. Remember words like haram

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8 Responses to Let’s get real and practical just for a minute…

  1. Nice article though it may be meant for only those who Know bemba. Unless thats the writer’s Intention i am sure many Would appreciate your sticking to the official language. Especially at a sensitive time as this.

    The artist
    September 9, 2015 at 9:03 am
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  2. I like what Mwaba Mutale is writing, the mixture of Icibemba and English is quite ingenious. Please keep up the good works, bearing in mind that Icibemba is one of the major languages, and I guess many people will enjoy what Mwaba writes especially articles on Ï Love You: Terms and Conditions Apply. Keep up the good works.

    Dunku
    September 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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  3. honestly I guessed inconvenienced whenever I encounter a bemba coz I have to start thinking what it means which in the end I discard the whole reading

    obn
    September 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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  4. Totally agree with you..Entrepreneurship is the only way to true liberation. I think the problem in Zambia is the education system which teaches dependance as opposed to self reliance. Once we change this mentality, Zambia will prosper.

    MyZambia
    September 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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  5. Ba Mwaba your words are real just 2 weeks ago my elder brother used similar when I told him am not in a hurry to get a passport because my current does not require me to travel out of zambia. keep up the good work your articles are usually spot on.

    goodson chondo
    September 10, 2015 at 8:38 am
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  6. I REALLY GET SO MUCH HAPPY WHEN I READ YOUR ARTICLES THAT ARE NOT MEANT TO ATTACK ANY ONE BUT TO BUILD EACH OTHER AS YOUTHS OF TODAY. AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT ABUSED THE ONLINE MEDIA IS YOU MWABA. BUT YOU HAVE MADE SURE THAT YOU HAVE UTILIZED IT, TO POSITIVE SIDE TO BENEFIT THOSE WHO ARE REALLY BENT TO GET NICE ADVISE FROM YOU. WAITING FOR ANOTHER ONE SIR.

    martin moonga
    September 11, 2015 at 9:06 am
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  7. Bo Mwaba or Ba Mwaba,thank you very much for the golden pieces of advice . Indeed,those two identity documents are extremely important to our lives in the light of individual economic independence and sustainable development . For instance,one needs to part away with money when hiring a driver when those funds would have been utilised elsewhere like settling water bills and buying power units. K1,000 is not a thousand when K1 is deducted from it. Further more, when one has a passport,the world is in your hands;more travel,more exposure and more opportunities. GOD grant us wisdom to see opportunity in every crisis. Twatasha,thank you,luitumezi and twalumba for the article,Mr Mutate Mwaba.

    Grace Sishemo Mwinga
    October 12, 2015 at 1:45 am
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  8. MR MUTALE MWABA,THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE.KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AND EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER.

    Grace Sishemo Mwinga
    October 12, 2015 at 1:57 am
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